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Resources of the Week: Sensory Processing Disorder - featured August 7th, 2009

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We would like to thank the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation for working with us to help put together these great resources on SPD, (formerly known as Sensory Integration Disorder).

The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation describes SPD as condition that exists when sensory signals don't get organized into appropriate responses. Pioneering occupational therapist and neuroscientist A. Jean Ayres, PhD, likened SPD to a neurological "traffic jam" that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly. A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks. Motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, school failure, and other impacts may result if the disorder is not treated effectively.

Research by the SPD Foundation indicates that 1 in every 20 children experiences symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder that are significant enough to affect their ability to participate fully in everyday life. Symptoms of SPD, like those of most disorders, occur within a broad spectrum of severity. While most of us have occasional difficulties processing sensory information, for children and adults with SPD, these difficulties are chronic, and they disrupt everyday life. [Source: The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation]

Please visit our new Sensory Processing Disorder Resources page for a variety of articles, videos, and links to books on SPD geared to therapists.

If you have other SPD resources you would like to recommend, please contact us with your suggestions.

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